Houthis Claim to Hijack "Israeli" Cargo Ship

(Ynet News-Jerusalem Post) Lior Ben Ari - Yemen's Houthi rebels hijacked an Israeli-leased cargo ship with 25 crewmembers on board, Saudi media reported on Sunday. The Bahamian-flagged Galaxy Leader was carrying cars from Turkey and was seized in the southern Red Sea en route to India. The crew were of various nationalities, including Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Filipinos and Mexicans; no Israelis were on board. The ship was leased to a Japanese company from a British company partly owned by Israeli Rami Unger. Two ships owned by Unger were previously attacked by Iran in the Gulf of Oman in 2021. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the ship "was hijacked under Iranian direction by the Houthi militia in Yemen....This is another act of Iranian terrorism, representing a significant escalation in Iran's aggression against the citizens of the free world, and has international implications for the security of global shipping routes."

2023-11-20 00:00:00

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